Webb, Arthur Patterson, 1889-1959

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Webb, Arthur Patterson, 1889-1959

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Arthur Patterson Webb was a Presbyterian minister in Croydon. He attended Westminster College Cambridge, 1919-1922, on scholarship for the ministry and later became deacon of St. George's, Croydon Presbyterian Church. He wrote devotional poetry, hymns, occasional poems, and compiled calendars and anthologies. He also used the pseudonyms Arthur de Croindene, and Arthur d'Avalon.


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Very little is known of this author or how his collection arrived in Victoria. The box it was contained in had "COLEBECK" written on it, but it also had "Mrs Patterson Cordova Bay Rd." These are the only hints as to its provenance. From internal evidence we learn that Patterson Webb was a Presbyterian Minister in Croyden for most of his life and that he wrote devotional poetry, hymns, occasional poems, and compiled calendars and anthologies. He appears also to have written copy for bootmakers, interior decorators and builders.

From an early age his evangelical streak was quite pronounced. He wrote a book of occasional poems ("Poems" 1909-17) and a eulogy to a Presbyterian Minister ("Henry Crombie; an appreciation" 1918) before proceeding to Westminster College Cambridge in 1919 on scholarship for the ministry. He appears to have passed his finals in 1922 and proceeded to become deacon of St. George's, Croyden Presbyterian Church. His address throughout this period was 9 Windemere Rd. Croyden. He seems to have specialized in his anonymous pamphlets in little booklets of moral verse. He also it appears, was a collector of autographs, racing cars, theatrical programs, and magazine articles which he appears to have used to illustrate his poetry.

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